Father Tony

The Legendary Billie Boots of Daytona Beach

Filed By Father Tony | June 19, 2009 8:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Billie Boots, drag queens, Michael Musto

Via Michael Musto:


Trust me, chickens. This one will sear into your memory till you're six inches under. It's Daytona Beach drag star Billie Boots, who may have been toothless but she was far from charmless. Billie--captured here in the documentary Queens For a Night--was sort of like Ursula from The Little Mermaid after a very rough night. But with that eye makeup and that impish hag appeal, she made many others' nights go down way easier.


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beachcomberT | June 20, 2009 8:42 AM

Billie was a Daytona legend for many, many years and is still fondly remembered. She also helped raise lots of money for AIDS and other causes. Some of us still recall the dynamite Bloody Marys she mixed while tending bar on Sunday mornings. The Hollywood Bar on Main Street where she performed for years was torn down in the name of urban renewal several years ago. It remains just an ugly paved lot, used by vendors only during Bike Week. However, Daytona still has a few drag queens to carry on Billie's tradition and they'll be taking part in our free Pride-o-Nine "Stonewall Remembered" Festival Sun. June 28 at the Streamline Hotel. Hope to see you there! (Details: www.onedaytona.com)